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Propagation of plants (cuttings)

No Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


This course runs from 10am - 4pm. This course will show you how to identify and propagate a range of plants. You will also learn about the aftercare and growing environments for cuttings. You need to bring gardening gloves and wear safety boots/ shoes.

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Growing vegetables in a Potager garden

No Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


This course looks at the planning and essential requirements for a Potager and how to grow 6 different vegetables. The day will include preparing an outdoor seed bed, weather permitting. This course will run from 10am - 4pm.

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Planning a Summer border and summer containers

No Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


On this course we will look at planning a summer border, the use of perennial planting and annual plants. You will sow a tray seed of seeds to take home to start your summer displays. The day will include visits to the Rosewarne Rose Garden and the Winter garden. This course will run from 10am - 4pm.

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Award In Tree Climbing & Rescue

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


This training course is intended for those involved in tree climbing operations and leads to the NPTC Certificate of Competence to Climb Trees and Perform Aerial rescue. It does not involve use of a chainsaw, but covers the minimum requirement for a ground person working with a climber in arboriculture. As aerial rescue is obligatory, those attending should have a ‘head for heights’. Training takes place over the first 5 days with assessment on Day 6. On this course you will identify functions and fitting of specialist equipment, use and tying of specialist knots, pre-climbing equipment checks; identification of hazards such as overhead cables, role of the climber and of the ground person, secure working position, climbing techniques, branch walking, use of supplementary anchor points, storage of equipment and regulations (LOLER, PUWER). This course runs every month, please contact us for further details on dates and times.

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Award In Tree Climbing & Rescue

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


This training course is intended for those involved in tree climbing operations and leads to the NPTC Certificate of Competence to Climb Trees and Perform Aerial rescue. It does not involve use of a chainsaw, but covers the minimum requirement for a ground person working with a climber in arboriculture. As aerial rescue is obligatory, those attending should have a ‘head for heights’. Training takes place over the first 5 days with assessment on Day 6. On this course you will identify functions and fitting of specialist equipment, use and tying of specialist knots, pre-climbing equipment checks; identification of hazards such as overhead cables, role of the climber and of the ground person, secure working position, climbing techniques, branch walking, use of supplementary anchor points, storage of equipment and regulations (LOLER, PUWER). This course runs every month, please contact us for further details on dates and times.

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Organic pest and disease control

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


If you struggle to control pests and diseases in the greenhouse of garden learn how to identify and control a range of common pests and diseases by organic methods. This course is recommended for anyone who is interested in growing healthy plants including a ornamentals, fruit and vegetables. If you are a new gardener or working in the industry this is an opportunity to improve your pest and disease control skills.

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How Plants Work (Botany And Physiology)

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


Have you ever wondered how plants work and relate to their environment? Expanding your knowledge of plant function and form can help you to improve the growing conditions for your plants. This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in the science of how plants grow and what they look like at a microscopic level. If you are a new gardener or working in the industry this is an excellent opportunity to improve your knowledge of plant structures and how they work.

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Christmas door wreath and table arrangement workshop

No Qualification • Full-time • Bicton College


Join our floristry tutors Denise Cross and Lucy Somerville in the beautiful grounds of Bicton College for a workshop to make a beautiful Christmas wreath to hang on your door and a lovely table arrangement (with optional Candles) to decorate your table for the festive season. The tutors will share expert tips to help you create an attractive wreath using lots of lovely evergreen foliage and fresh moss along with scented cinnamon sticks, fir cones and orange slices. The tuition is free , however materials will be available to purchase to complete the 2 designs at a cost of £15 (Payable on the day) but you may wish to bring some of your own decorations, garden foliage etcetera to personalise your designs.

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Willow Sculpture Reindeer Workshop

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


Come and create your Christmas Reindeer in Willow (approx 1m high and .80 long) and take him home to keep!

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Know your Soil and Composting

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


The soil is vital to the healthy growth of your plants. If you have a knowledge of how the soil and plants interact then it is possible to improve the growth of your plants. This course will give you an introduction into a range of soil characteristics and an opportunity to test some of these including the texture, pH, organic matter content and the nutrient values. Also, how to create and use compost from recycled plant material. How to construct a successful compost heap and how best to use it in the garden. This course is recommended for anyone who is interested in growing fruit and vegetables. Also for new gardeners or those working in the industry wishing to know more about the soil.

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Award In Felling Trees Up To 380mm

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


Please note – Full payment for this course must be made at least two weeks before enrolment. The Level 2 Award in Felling Trees up to 380mm takes places over 5 days. The first 4 days consist of training and assessment is on the 5th day. Applicants must be over 16 years of age and hold a valid NPTC Certificate of Competence: CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance. Proof of pre-qualifications must be emailed/posted to the college before the course start date as evidence. Other awarding body qualifications must be submitted to check if they are compatible with this NPTC course. During this course, you will study the following – Organisation Preparation of the work site Risk assessment Assessment of felling direction Controlled felling techniques Systematic and efficient de-limbing techniques Correct lifting techniques and techniques in safe take down of hung-up trees This course runs every month, please contact us for information on dates and times.

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Award In Felling Trees Up To 380mm

Level 2 • Part-time • Bicton College


Please note – Full payment for this course must be made at least two weeks before enrolment. The Level 2 Award in Felling Trees up to 380mm takes places over 5 days. The first 4 days consist of training and assessment is on the 5th day. Applicants must be over 16 years of age and hold a valid NPTC Certificate of Competence: CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance. Proof of pre-qualifications must be emailed/posted to the college before the course start date as evidence. Other awarding body qualifications must be submitted to check if they are compatible with this NPTC course. During this course, you will study the following – Organisation Preparation of the work site Risk assessment Assessment of felling direction Controlled felling techniques Systematic and efficient de-limbing techniques Correct lifting techniques and techniques in safe take down of hung-up trees This course runs every month, please contact us for information on dates and times.

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Growing without soil

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


There are a range of soil-less hydroponic systems that can be used to grow vegetable plants producing high quality produce quickly and efficiently. This course is recommended for anyone who is interested in an alternative method of growing vegetables by a 21st century method. This is different from conventional methods used on allotments and in gardens.

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Easter Floral Creations Workshop

No Qualification • Full-time • Bicton College


Join our expert floristry tutors Denise Cross and Lucy Somerville in the beautiful grounds of Bicton College for a workshop to make a beautiful Easter wreath to hang on your door and a lovely arrangement to decorate your home for the Easter period using lovely seasonal flowers and foliage foraged around the grounds of the College.

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Success with Propagation

No Qualification • Part-time • Bicton College


Taking cuttings is one good way to propagate a wide range of your plants. There are a number of other methods including: layering, suckers and division. Learn how to improve your success rates by propagating a range of plants. Discuss the selection of plant material for propagation purposes. Also, the control of common pests and diseases as well as propagation equipment. This course is recommended for anyone who is interested in growing new plants from cuttings particularly ornamentals. If you are a new gardener or working in the industry this is an opportunity to improve your propagation skills.

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